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Music World Is Now Open

One of the things I have marveled over the years is how much access the Internet provides. In the early days it was limited really just to the uniqueness of emails and multitudes of chat rooms. I even had the pleasure of creating and running a website back in the latter part of the 90s, a monthly horror fiction magazine called FrightNet which featured work from great writers like Peter Straub, Douglas Clegg, Michael Laimo, and even had a monthly column written by former editor of Dorchester Publishing's Leisure Books horror line (which is now defunct unfortunately), Don D'Auria. I eventually went on to publish the horror fiction anthology, Dark Whispers.

I even had a cool pseudonym perfect for someone in the horror genre. Ivan S. Graves.

Today the Internet world is monetized, a problem which I ran into when I was running FrightNet, and which ultimately caused me to eventually have to shut it down. It was very time consuming writing all of the code by hand and uploading the material, and of course I received a ton of submissions which had to be read and decided upon. Now there are sites like this...

And as well, we can now even enjoy selling some of our music online as well.

For me it is not a career. It is simply a hobby of mine to play around with my guitar, track recording software, and drum machine—writing music. Or what some might call it. I'll admit I will not be touring any time soon to be sure.

Still, a song I wrote a while back is now able to be submitted to stores like Amazon Music, iTunes and other places. And believe it or not, the world is wide open. People actually buy it and enjoy it. You have to love the access we have these days to publish and express ourselves out in the open without a third party having to decide what the public may or may not be interested in.

I thought I would provide a link to the song here. Have a listen, have a good laugh, and if you can contain yourself afterwards to comment, feel free to do so. :)

102 Idle Stones by Jim Bauer

Image is mine, copyright © 2014 by Jim Bauer/Porwest.

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LoudMan wrote on July 25, 2014, 2:21 PM

It's really not such a bad tune. Good job. I'd offer one up to and compare notes (See what I did there?) but I can't fit everything into the shower and the cat keeps dying. haha.

AliCanary wrote on July 25, 2014, 2:34 PM

I think some people actually enjoy writing code, but I'd rather read what you're writing now...Ivan :)

Porwest wrote on July 25, 2014, 6:19 PM

I have to admit I didn't mind it when I was doing it. It was always nice to see the end result. What made FrightNet really popular was the fact that it was set up like a magazine. It had a cover page, table of contents, and I strove to make it look and feel like a magazine. Many others actually copied the look, and I really believe FrightNet was the first of its kind. Several times I have thought about bringing it back, but not as a monthly. Interestingly, one writer who got his start in FrightNet is now widely published and has had two movies made on Chiller TV. At least now I could actually monetize the site.

Porwest wrote on July 25, 2014, 6:20 PM

lol. Yeah, dead cats would leave the impossibility of the disclaimer that no animals were harmed during the

AdrienneJenkins wrote on July 25, 2014, 6:37 PM

I too love how it makes the world smaller. So much culture and more is readily available.